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Israeli Arabs Protest in Umm Al-Fahm Over Alleged 'Price Tag'

Hundreds of Israeli Arabs march outside northern town over suspected 'price tag' incident, calling Umm al-Fahm 'a red line.'
By Tova Dvorin and AFP
First Publish: 4/21/2014, 9:02 PM

Price tag (illustrative)
Price tag (illustrative)
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Hundreds of Israeli Arabs rallied outside Umm al-Fahm on Monday in protest at alleged "price tag" attack on a mosque last week, according to AFP

"Umm al-Fahm is a red line," the demonstrators chanted as they gathered outside the town, a stronghold of the radical wing of Israel's Islamic Movement.

On Friday, graffiti was scrawled on a mosque in the city on Friday, proclaiming "Eviction order - Arabs out."  

"Hundreds of Umm al-Fahm residents are protesting at recent incidents of nationalist crime," an Israeli police statement said, adding that the rally passed off without incident.

This is the latest in a string of vandalism incidents in Arab villages over the past several months. Earlier this month, 40 cars were found with their tires slashed in the Arab village of Jish in the Gaililee; four vehicles were also vandalized and graffiti had been scrawled on the Dir-Rafat monastery near Beit Shemesh. 

"Price tag" is a euphemism for politically-motivated vandalism and criminal damage usually attributed to Jewish extremists, carried out either in revenge for Arab terrorist attacks, or in protest of Israeli government policies such as the destruction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.  

It remains unclear whether any of the above incidents were actual "price tag" attacks, however, as an Arutz Sheva report in January revealed that in at least some of the cases, anti-Arab "price tags" were being systematically staged by Arab activists. 

There have also been numerous incidents of Arab "price tagging", though such incidents have received far less media coverage.